Consolidated Appeal Launch for Afghanistan

(Last Updated: 19 August 2021)

The current political and social upheaval is compounding existing impacts of COVID-19 pandemicdrought and other natural disasters.  Over 5 million people in Afghanistan are now internally displaced. There are reports of rising food shortages, disruptions to basic services such as healthcare, cash shortage and skyrocketing prices for essential goods. The World Food Program estimates that 14 million people are at acute risk of food insecurity, including 2 million children.

The unfolding political crisis in Afghanistan is complex and uncertain but Australian development and humanitarian organisations and their partners – both local and international – remain committed to supporting communities in Afghanistan. 

Humanitarian crises likely needs include food, shelter and household essentials. 

Please find out more about the valuable efforts of our members and how you can contribute to their responses below.

You can be assured that your support to any member listed below will meet identified needs on the ground. The standards by which ACFID's members make appeals for donations are set by ACFID’s Code of Conduct. This includes a responsibility to provide clear information to their donors on the emergency and the work they are doing with affected communities.

All ACFID member appeals below have been checked and meet Code of Conduct requirements.

Donate Responsibly

Unrequested goods such as food, clothing and medicines sent to countries experiencing crises consistently end up in landfill. Unrequested goods block valuable space at ports and airports and can prevent vital aid getting through. Cash is fast, flexible, and is used to meet the immediate and changing needs of those affected.

With cash donations goods can be sourced and purchased locally. This supports local businesses, keeps people in jobs, and stimulates the local economy.

If you want your donation to have a long-lasting impact, consider donating cash. Find out more about how to donate responsibly at:

Act For Peace

Since the Taliban forces have taken control of all Afghanistan's major cities, tens of thousands of people have been displaced and need urgent humanitarian assistance now. They are in crisis. Funds raised by this appeal will go to support Act for Peace’s local partner working on the ground to meet the needs of up to 50,000 uprooted families with food, shelter and vital health supplies.

ActionAid Australia

ActionAid has worked in Afghanistan for two decades and is already working with local partners to respond to the escalating humanitarian crisis. ActionAid is distributing emergency relief - including food, blankets and hygiene kits - to thousands of displaced people who have arrived in Kabul. The organisation has plans to scale up its response and provide psychosocial support across the 7 provinces and 44 districts where it works.

Australia for UNHCR

UNHCR, as part of the broader UN country team and lead in protection and emergency shelter in Afghanistan, is well prepared to stay and deliver humanitarian assistance and support to the Afghan people in a complex, dynamic and challenging security environment. Our teams are on the ground providing newly displaced Afghans with emergency shelter, food, health care, water and sanitation support and cash assistance, but a shortage of funding means humanitarian resources are falling dramatically short. Please donate today to help us reach vulnerable Afghan women, children and men.

Australian Lutheran World Service

Your ALWS action to help people affected by the crisis in Afghanistan is directed through ACT Alliance – churches from around the world, of many denominations, coming together to help people in need. Action currently planned aims to focus on 50,000 families forced from their homes, in Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries. Priority action planned includes: extensive consultations with local community leadership (to support security and effectiveness of aid-delivery teams), food, shelter, household essentials, health, and capacity building of local aid workers. Most ACT members in Afghanistan have worked there more than 30 years, and have strong deeply-rooted relationships with affected communities. Donate at

Australian Red Cross

Funds raised from the Afghanistan Crisis appeal will help provide life-saving humanitarian support to people and communities in Afghanistan and to help Afghan communities in Australia locate and reconnect with missing family members. That support may include: 
Vital healthcare and other humanitarian assistance delivered by Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in Afghanistan
Supporting communities in Australia to locate and reconnect with missing family in Afghanistan caught up in the crisis 

CARE Australia

CARE staff are planning to meet the needs of displaced Afghan families. CARE will provide $250 AUD to each displaced household so they can afford food, shelter, and protection. This will also support the local economy and the livelihoods of host communities, which have been severely impacted as well by the worsening crisis. CARE also will provide hygiene kits to prevent further risks of COVID-19 transmission. The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.

Islamic Relief Australia

The crisis in Afghanistan has forced thousands of families to flee their homes. Donate today to help families in Afghanistan.

Mahboba's Promise

Mahboba's Promise is supporting the vulnerable women, widows and children during this current escalating violence in the region.

Tearfund Australia

For over four decades, Tearfund has stood alongside our local partners in Afghanistan.   Due to the unfolding and uncertain political crisis in Afghanistan, all of the work of our partners is currently on hold and we are in constant contact with partners as to the best way we can support them and the communities they serve at this difficult time. Tearfund is currently accepting donations for our work in Afghanistan with the hope that these funds will be able to be delivered in response to the unfolding humanitarian needs, when circumstances allow.

We are responding to the crisis in Afghanistan by sending funds to meet the immediate needs of displaced families. Our local partners are poised to support by providing emergency shelter and bedding, food via cash grants to last several months and mobile medical support as soon as it is practically possible to do so.

UNICEF Australia

UNICEF has been in Afghanistan for 65 years, and even in the face of the escalating crisis, our work for children and women will continue. With so many in urgent humanitarian need, UNICEF is pre-positioning and preparing the essential supplies that people will need to survive. UNICEF will deliver urgent support for displaced families including emergency WASH services, treatment for malnutrition, mobile health teams and support for COVID-19 vaccination, humanitarian cash assistance, and establishment of safe spaces for women and girls in collaboration with partners.